It was a bit of a letdown for fans when Colin Firth opted out of the villain role he was offered in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” but now the “Do The Right Thing” director might have found a suitable replacement. The latest rumor is that Lee has turned to his “Inside Man” star Clive Owen to potentially take the part.
Twitch is reporting that Owen has been offered a role in the upcoming project. Meanwhile, the site has also learned that “Alice in Wonderland” star Mia Wasikowska has been offered a major role as well. She would play the female lead that was previously offered to Rooney Mara.
Josh Brolin has already joined the project as its main character, and is the only actor officially signed on to Lee’s remake.
“Oldboy” follows the story of a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and was held for 15 years in solitary confinement without being given an explanation. Once he is finally released, the man sets out to seek revenge on the people who ruined his life. The South Korean movie was released in 2003 and was directed by Park Chan-wook. It’s the second installment in his “The Vengeance Trilogy.”
In a recent interview, producer Roy Lee said that fans of the original will likely still be impressed with Mark Protosevich’s script.
“Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements to it that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that changes the story but eventually go in the same direction,” he said. “The ending will be something that the audiences will all be…especially the fans of the original will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker.”
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